3 Easy Steps to Winterize Your Deck

Winter is upon us! The holiday music purring over the radio and the brisk temperatures are coaxing us to cozy up next to the fire and hole in for the season – but before you enter hibernation, don’t forget to show your sundeck a little TLC. Even the most low-maintenance type of decking require a little attention before winter to ensure you maximize their longevity. But don’t worry – it’s easy! – You’ll be back to your holiday movie marathon before you can sing “Deck the Halls”.

1: Clear your deck of clutter

Stowing away patio furniture, potted plants, and paraphernalia will not only extend the life of those items, but it will reduce the chance of discoloration and degradation of your deck.  Items sitting on an exterior surface for a long period of time, unmoved, are a magnet for moisture and moisture is the enemy – especially for timber decks. Pooling water and dirt can cause discoloration and mildew on composite decks and vinyl decks, but has a high likelihood of eventuating in rot on an unattended timber deck. Getting these items out of the way is a must. Move them to a shed, underneath the deck, or under a patio cover. If your options for space are limited, group them together on the deck on top of a tarp.

2: Sweep you sundeck

Leaves, dirt, and debris tend to collect in nooks and crannies on any deck. Not only does this make for an unsightly surprise in the spring, but it can hinder drainage over the wet winter months, leading to cosmetic and structural complications. Giving your deck a thorough sweep will help ensure water is draining properly and take you one step closer to a clean slate for spring. Be sure to remove blockages below railings and in drains. On timber and composite decks, be sure that the gaps between boards are clear of dirt and debris so that water and snow melt can drain easily. You may want to use a hose or low-power pressure washer to help clear these nooks.

3: Clean and remove mildew & algae

In the Lower Mainland, we are no stranger to mildew and algae. Unfortunately, these pose a risk to the integrity of a deck and also a slip hazard in many cases. The good news is that there is an easy fix – a homemade solution and simple application will help you reclaim your outdoor space from these ornery organisms:

Using a common garden sprayer or watering can, combine the following:

  • 3 quarts of water
  • 1 quart of oxygen bleach such as Oxyclean
  • 1/4 cup of ammonia-free liquid dishwasher

Mix and apply the solution liberally to the deck surface, allowing the mixture to set for about 15 minutes. Then, simply rinse the surface clean. For tougher stains, apply the solution with a soft bristle brush. Finally, rinse the deck thoroughly, ensuring all drainage areas are clear.

These simple steps will prepare your deck for whatever winter has in store. By spending a little time preparing now, you can protect your investment in your home. Furthermore, you’ll ensure that when the sunshine does make its return, you’ll be ready to enjoy it much sooner as they’ll be less preparation work come spring.


If it’s time for a deck restoration, fill out the form below or call (604) 786-3325 for your free quote. 

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We pride ourselves on our expertise in quality decks and railings for all kinds of homes and venues. Not only are we the top Duradek distributor in the region, but we are also known for offering a wide variety of the latest decking solutions to suit every taste.


  • “Paul and his team are wonderful to work with. Our high expectations and unusual detailed challenges were met with enthusiasm. Another job well done.”

    – Drew, Billingsley Construction

  • “My wife and I were very happy with Citywide’s work on our sundeck. Their crew was very professional, courteous and efficient, and completed the work exactly as they said they would. When I pointed out a minor error in their work on our house siding, they immediately acknowledged the issue and corrected it with no argument. We would definitely recommend Citywide to our family, friends and anyone else that needs their decks re-surfaced. Thanks Paul / Citywide!”

    Doug and Audrey – Burnaby

  • “Citywide is a professional company to work with regarding our deck project.  Very reliable, timely results and good customer service. We are very satisfied with the outcome.”

    Karl G – Vancouver

  • “I would recommend Citywide for roofing repairs and Vinyl decks. I appreciated the personalized service and efficient workers. Thanks Paul.”

    Tony W. – Vancouver

  • My experience with Paul and his Citywide Sundeck crew has been nothing but positive. They are on time and completely professional and able to offer solutions to complicated waterproofing challenges.

    Joe C. – Vancouver

  • I’m a general contractor in the lower mainland. I contacted Paul to help us re-vinyl a deck that used to be fiberglass. GREAT customer service, the job was professionally done by 2 of his crew members. When I called 4 other companies to look at the job, no one came or called back. Paul was attentive to our needs & was able to squeeze us in with a 2-3 day lead time.   Thank you so much for your consistent attention to detail, professionalism, & continuous strive for quality.

    Steve – New Westminster

  • Hard working and respectful crew. Deck turned out great. I would recommend Citywide to others who are considering building or replacing their deck.

    Vito – North Vancouver

  • Two years ago we hired Citywide to renovate our sundeck and back porch. We were very happy with the results and we are enjoying them every day. Last month we had them renovate our front stairs and walkway. The result exceeded our expectation. Now our front entrance looks good enough to welcome a queen! I like Paul’s workers they are friendly and able. Also, Paul is one of the most organized and punctual people I have ever known. We have had a lot of problems with tradesmen in the past. It’s nice to know Paul for a change.

    Sadako – Burnaby

  • I had Citywide Sundecks replace the 28 year old Duradeck sheeting with the similar material on my sundeck. The job was completed in one and a half days to my complete satisfaction. The deck looks like new with all the joints and seams glued and heat treated to ensure maximum waterproofing. Stainless steel screws were used throughout in reinstalling the original aluminum railings and stairs to ensure longevity and improved appearances. When the job was completed the installers cleaned up the work site. I was impressed and pleased with this Citywide crew. They were professional.

    Stephen – Richmond

  • We had our hot tub and sundeck replaced this summer. Citywide Sundecks did a wonderful job of the vinyl deck. The installation was complicated by the fact that the hot tub was sunk into the deck and the glass railings had to be removed and replaced. The job was done in a timely manner with great efficiency. We truly appreciated the skill of the workmanship, the attention to detail and the concern for aesthetics.

    McBride – Coquitlam

  • Paul and his team did excellent work with attention to detail. The work was done quickly and we are very happy with the result.

    Lora – North Vancouver

  • Great service and a fair price for the work. Delivered on all their promises and even did a nice job cleaning up. I would definitely recommend them.

    R. B. – Vancouver

  • Amazing service. Friendly, prompt, really good product. The installers are wonderful and skilled, friendly. I really would recommend this company. I like the range of products they offer and they took time to explain all my options.

    A. R. – Vancouver

  • We were very surprised when we were told that they were able to start working on the project within a week of us signing our contract. We were kept updated of progress and appreciated being contacted by Paul to see how they were doing and if we had any questions. The work was completed quickly and efficiently. The fellows who did the work were friendly and cleaned up after they had finished for the day. We were very happy and have referred them to our friends.

    Courtland C. – Delta

  • Paul and his crew were hired to rebuild a terrible deck that was built last year. Citywide Sundecks isn’t the cheapest, but they did the job right and on time, and it comes with a 10 year warranty. We should have gone with hie the first time around.

    Job P. – Surrey

  • Paul and his crew did a great job of taking care of us. We had to replace a deck and deal with some water issues above and below the deck, all which was behind the stucco. This work has been completed and we are very happy. Paul and the crew kept me informed throughout. They were very easy to deal with and answered all my questions as the work progressed. All this was done at what I thought was a fair price.

    Andy Stephens. – Surrey

  • Very happy with our Duradek job.  It was installed exactly as discussed and Paul made sure that we were completely satisfied.

    Rene B. – Vancouver

  • We are very pleased with the restoration project completed by Citywide Sundecks and Railings during the summer of 2015. The beautiful new sundeck was rebuilt in a very professional manner and the installed aluminum railings were a real upgrade on our original wooden ones. We are so glad that we contracted CWS as they were terrific to deal with and they provided quality work from start to finish.

    Bruce & Loreen S. – Richmond

  • I live in Prince George and contacted Paul at Citywide Sundecks to enquire about installing Duradek at my 85-year-old mother’s house in New Westminster. Paul kept us informed every step of the way. His crew was professional and hard working. They completed the job as agreed and ahead of schedule, even throwing in a few extras for my mum at no cost! My mother was very pleased with the outcome and happy to be enjoying her new deck.

    Leanne M. – Prince George

  • We were in a rush to get our sundeck stairs repaired. Paul was very accommodating and had the stairs replaced very quickly. The quality of work was excellent! I would highly recommend Citywide Sundecks.

    Linda & Rob M. – Delta

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